Embassy spends the day at work in the Borough of Arima

Arima, Novmeber, 2017:  The U.S. Embassy set up its offices in Arima for one day on Novmeber 14, in an effort to seek new opportunities to engage with the eastern community.  Offices were based at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima from 8 a.m. to 4:o0 p.m. An initiative of Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul – August 2017

Question I received email from a website requesting a payment to process a “green card.”  Is this a legitimate website? No, this email is likely a scam.  All official websites or emails from the U.S. government end with the “.gov” top-level domain suffix.  Any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end with ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul – February 2017

Question: I am expecting family from the U.S. for Carnival, is there any information that they should know before travelling? First of all we hope you have a safe Carnival. Please note the recent Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” does not affect U.S. Citizens, TT citizens travelling on TT ...
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Executive Order does not affect TT Green Card Holders who are not dual nationals of listed countries

T&T citizens who are Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the U.S. and are not dual nationals of one of the seven countries affected by the Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, are not affected by that Order. The Order also does not restrict the travel of dual nationals, so long as ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul October 2016

Question: I heard about a ‘Green Card’ lottery. Can people from Trinidad and Tobago enter and when does it take place? Answer: Thank you for your question. The Diversity Visa Program, often called the ‘green card lottery,’ is an annual diversity immigration program. It makes available, by random selection, upwards of 50,000 immigrant visas to people ...
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Consular Check-In Goes Paperless

The U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain has introduced a new initiative to improve customer service and readiness in the visa process for the holiday season, with the implementation of the Paperless Gate Entry List system (PGEL).  PGEL is an electronic check-in process that facilitates smoother entry of applicants to the waiting room for interviews. U.S. ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul April 2016

Question I’m an American citizen living in Trinidad and Tobago. What types of services does the Embassy provide to American citizens and can I vote this year at the Embassy? Sincerely, American in Trinidad. Answer Dear American in Trinidad, Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. The FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) works ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul March 2016

Dear U.S. Consul, Why does the Embassy always ask applicants to come in early every year before the summer? Is there some special consideration given if I come in at this time? Sincerely, Visa applicant Dear Visa applicant, Thank you for your question.  When applying for a business/tourist (B1/B2) visa, sooner is always the better in ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul January 2016

Question What are the requirements when applying for visas for children?  I’m applying for a tourist visa for my ten year old son for the first time.  His father and I are divorced but I already have my visa. Sincerely, Parent Answer Dear Parent, Only biological parent(s) or legal guardians can apply on behalf of their ...
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